Course Title: Read and interpret maps

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: EMPL9645C

Course Title: Read and interpret maps

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5161 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Bruce Partland

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8323

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Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are none applicable

Course Description

This unit is concerned with interpreting maps and plans for navigation in the forest.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FPIFGM147A Read and interpret maps


1. Select traverse route

Performance Criteria:

1. Current position in the field is located using landmarks and key geographical features.

2. Current position in the field is identified on map or plan.

3.  Required destination is identified on map or plan.

4.  Hazards and potential hazards in traversing from location to destination are recognised and interpreted from map or plan, field observations, and local knowledge.

5. Traverse route to destination is selected using information from map or plan and field observations.

6. Distance to required destination is estimated using map scale and selected traverse route.

Learning Outcomes

This is a competency based course

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include classroom instruction and exercises,  and practical exercises in the field.

Students will learn how to create simple maps of their own on Google Maps.

They will also be introduced to Geographical Information systems (GIS) and its uses in the land management industry.

Teaching Schedule

22nd FebIntroduction to Maps51.4.06
1-4th MarchDesigning and following a traverseAnglesea Scout Camp
19th AprilIntroduction to GISTo be announced

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Map Reading Handbook   Published by Land Information Services, Department of Environment and Land Management, Tasmania, 1997. 


Other Resources

Maps, Compasses and GPS units will be supplied.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include reports, tests and assignments

Assessment Tasks


Students will be assessed  on the basis of :

  • satisfactory completion of practical exercises at Anglesea, eg selecting a logical and safe traverse on a map, and successfully completing the traverse- (50% weighting), and
  • a short classroom quiz testing basic map and compass craft.-(30% weighting), and
  • practical demonstration of understanding of reading of Contours and map symbols-20%.

Assessment Matrix

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